18 January, 2021


Musical chairs continue, as does the wait for David Davidar's no-poaching contract with Penguin to end...


Changing Room

Random House appears to have learnt its lesson. Its outgoing editor-in-chief Chiki Sarkar was not just the face of the publishing house in India, but everything else as well: hunter of new talent, veto-er of books she did not like, chief promoter and active campaigner for her authors and books, with one hand in the design department as well. Which was all wonderful—until she suddenly decided to jump jobs to Penguin publisher. Once burnt, Random House has now split her job into two: Meru Gokhale, formerly commissioning editor with Penguin, takes half the job as head of its literary imprint, Vintage, while Milee Ashwarya, who worked under Chiki, gets promoted to head of its commercial books, Ebury India. Both will report directly to Random’s MD, recalling the days when Penguin had two editorial heads after David Davidar moved to...



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